Applications open: Friday 16 April 2021.
Applications close when funding is exhausted. Applications will be processed on a first in, first served basis.
Please read these guidelines carefully before completing your application.
Download Respite Effect and Recovery Grant Application Form [PDF 41KB] [Word 261KB]
With the need for social distancing and isolating at home due to the COVID-19 health emergency, pressures on individuals, families and their home environments have increased. This means it‘s important for people with disability, their families and their carers to take a break for the sake of their wellbeing, noting that many of the regular supports that provide a respite effect may not be available or easy to access.
The Respite Effect and Recovery Grants (the Grants) provide financial support, as a one-off payment separate to the NDIS, to people with disability and their carers aimed at reducing the impact of COVID-19 and assisting community recovery. We will ask you about your experience of COVID-19 and how the funds will help you.
Who can apply for the Grants?
To apply for these Grants you must live in the ACT, be aged 18 years or over, and be a person with disability or an unpaid family member or primary carer for a person with disability who lives in the same household. You can also make an application if you are a guardian, parent, primary carer or an unpaid family member carer for an individual with disability who will benefit from the Grant.
You must be over the age of 18 years to make the application. If you are a person with disability under the age of 18 and you do not want your carer, parent or guardian to apply for a Grant on your behalf, contact the Office for Disability using the contact details at the end of this document to talk to someone about your situation.
The Grant is for ONLY one application per household/family/carer and person with disability pair. If you believe your situation is a special or exceptional one, please contact a participating organisation or the Office for Disability.
What kinds of activities and purchases can the Grants be used for?
The Grant can be used to purchase items, activities or supports to a maximum value of $500. When applying, you will be asked about
- Your greatest challenges during COVID-19, and
- how and why the activity would make a difference to you.
People who apply are encouraged to choose an item from a menu of supports in the application form, or to suggest another activity that will provide relief and assistance.
These items and activities include, but are not limited to:
IT and Media
- extra data to help with using more digital services while having to stay at home
- buying a personal device like a tablet
- a subscription to online or hard copy media such as a magazine or a newspaper
- a meal that you don’t have to cook (delivery, take away, dining out)
- a mini-break for a person with disability and/or their family (accommodation, activities, and/or petrol)
- paying for a spring clean, or for help in the garden
- paying bills that have gone up due to having to spend more time at home
- changing support arrangements for a time, engaging a temporary support worker
- assistance with the costs of starting a new hobby, or for a recreational short course to support and improve your mental wellbeing, or
other supports that will provide a respite effect or assist with your recovery.
The Grant is a one-off payment and is not an ongoing funding source for the person with disability or their carer, parent or guardian. Please note that only one application per eligible person/family/household/ person with disability and carer pair will be accepted, and that organising the item, activity or support is the responsibility of the applicant and their support networks.
What are the kinds of things I can’t use the grant for?
The following activities or purchases will not be eligible:
- projects that do not or will not achieve the aims of the Grants
- activities or purchases that are already provided for through funding
- items that will need ongoing funding
- activities or purchases that are illegal or create unnecessary risk.
What kind of information do I need to include when I apply for one of these grants?
When you apply you’ll need to outline:
- the challenges you have experienced due to COVID-19
- how the grant will make a difference to you, including:
- reduce these pressures at home, and/or
- assist you (or the person you’re caring for) with being able to safely participate in the community.
You’ll need to tell us if you don’t spend all the money or if you need to change what you’ve applied for. You will also need to complete the activity or purchase before the end of 2021.
Who do I contact about applying for a grant?
Applications will be received by one of our participating organisations. You can complete the application form and then email or post it to one of the organisations listed below for an eligibility check and processing:
What happens when I apply?
Someone at the participating organisation will use the information you provide to work out if you’re eligible for assistance under the Grants. The organisation will tell you either by email or over the phone if your application is successful.
What if I’m having trouble accessing the application form?
The ACT Government is committed to making its information, services, events and venues accessible to as many people as possible.
If English is not your first language and you require the translating and interpreting services – please telephone 131 450.
If you are deaf or hearing impaired and require the TTY typewriter service– please telephone (02) 6205 0888.
What happens to the information I provide?
All the information you give is provided in confidence.
However, participating organisations will need to provide your financial institution details to Hadrill Accounting (accounting firm contracted to provide the funds). Participating organisations will also provide a copy of your application to the ACT Office for Disability for administration and reporting purposes. De-identified (no names or addresses or identifying characteristics) information will be shared with the ACT Government for evaluation and reporting purposes. Once your application has been processed and the outcome finalised, your original application (and email if appropriate) will be securely destroyed (or deleted).
Can I make a complaint if I think I should have been able to get a grant?
You (or your representative) have the right to raise your concerns. This information supports us as we improve our services and the way we deliver them.
You can expect to be treated fairly, to have your concerns dealt with as soon as possible, to be told about the progress of your complaint, and to be told of the outcome.
If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the organisation that you sent your application to. If you are still unhappy with the outcome, then you can contact the Office for Disability by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I go for further information?
Talk to one of the participating community organisations for more information. You can also contact the ACT Government’s Office for Disability during business hours on 6207 1086 or email email@example.com.
Page updated: 16 Apr 2021